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Jan072011

My Hair is Almost Back to Normal

When the doctors tell you you have to undergo chemotherapy, it's so overwhelming. Unless you have someone who cares for you deeply along with you at that appointment; someone who can ask the follow up questions......you have to go on line, or speak to other survivors about the basics.

And......one of the main basics is a woman's hair. I knew that somwhere after 10 days of starting chemotherapy I would lose my hair. When the first whisps started falling out I had to decide how I would handle this eventuality. My decision was to go to the hairdresser. I was lucky. Dianne, my hairdresser, is also my friend. She cares for me deeply, and felt every pain I was going through as if it were her own. I had decided that I would shave my head, as an act of empowerment. Dianne was the one who did it. The wig I had to put on my bald head afterwards can be the topic of a whole other blog!

Although this experience, which happened on Thanksgiving Day 2007, is something that I will never forget, the good news is that your hair does grow back. Not the same way, mind you, but it does grow back. At first it was much darker, and extremely curly. My previous head of hair was straight and dirty blonde. I was finally able to take my wig off in April of 2008, about 7 months after I had started chemo, and 3 months following the end of my treatment.

I went to see Dianne for a haircut (and highlights) again this week. My hair is finally growing into the way it was.......and it's straight again!

Why tell this story? I don't know one breast cancer survivor who has issues with their hair. We're just SO happy to have it! There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the stories in between become humorous, and something to look back on and laugh about.

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    Not the same way, mind you, but rather it does develop back. At first it was much darker, and greatly wavy. My past head of hair was straight and brownish.

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